A baby-boomer is some­one who ....

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The other day one of the rug rats asked, “What’s a baby boomer?”

A baby boomer, and any­body else over the age of 50, re­mem­bers:

* When kids had news­pa­per routes and de­liv­ered the pa­per af­ter school and on Satur­days; they learned how to fold a news­pa­per so it could be tossed on the run with­out com­ing apart. ... Pen­man­ship was taught in el­e­men­tary school and the prin­ci­pal kept the strap in his desk drawer. Kids mem­o­rized the ‘ times ta­ble’. The dreaded weekly spell­ing tests. ... This was a time when get­ting in trou­ble at school car­ried a dou­ble whammy, the sec­ond be­ing the dreaded call to the par­ents from the school. .... When nuns and re­li­gious broth­ers taught in Catholic el­e­men­tary schools. One boys’ school had a brother nick­named “Bell Ringer”. If you weren’t pay­ing at­ten­tion you got a whack on the back of the head. ... The only phone in the home was a black ro­tary phone and it was on a party line. If the line wasn’t in use (you had to pick up the re­ceiver to find out) an op­er­a­tor would asked, “Num­ber please.”

* When kids were made to stand in the cor­ner for mis­be­hav­ing and the pu­n­ish­ment for cussing was the wash-your-mouth- out-with­soap treat­ment. Writ­ing out a hun­dred lines of “I will be­have in class.” ... When most city kids walked to school and went home for lunch, re­gard­less of the weather. ... Long line of ex­cited kids out­side the Palace The­atre on Satur­day morn­ings and the the­atre cop called Her­bie. Car­toon-a-ra­mas and news­reels.

* A crusty cop at Pitt and Sec­ond streets called Dave Mc­cracken; cops who walked the Pitt Street and Mon­treal Road beats. ... Yo-yos, hula-hoops, mar­bles, comic book col­lec­tions and a stash of ‘traders’. ... Fri­day night youth dances at the Knights of Colum­bus down­stairs hall. I know folks who met at the Knights’ dances, got en­gage­ment, got mar­ried and are still mar­ried. ... High school foot­ball games, pep ral­lies and post- game tea dances in the gym. ... Fi­nal high school (CCVS and SLHS) exam re­sults pub­lished in the Stan­dard-free­holder for all to see.

* The Wool­worth lunch counter. ... Go­ing steady in high school and giv­ing a girl­friend your school ring to wear. ( Never got mine back). ... When a girl’s par­ents wanted to know the new boyfriend’s re­li­gion. ... Mak­ing out was how you did on a fi­nal exam. ... The duskto- dawn long week­end all nighters at the drive- in. ... Sneak­ing into the drive- in in the trunk.

* The out­door lacrosse box at Alexan­der Park where mi­nor lacrosse games were played. Out­door rinks at the Ath­letic Grounds where mi­nor hockey games were played, many of them flood­light fix­tures. The 75 cent hockey stick and army style duf­fle bags. ... Lo­cal bands called Am­bas­sadors, Mark IV, Harry Young and the Noble­men, But­lers, Fab­u­lous Flames, Sher­mans, Si­mon and the Dis­ci­ples, Jaguars, Tif­fany Trio, Ge­orge Wat­son Band, Cos­mos. ... Some­body cal­cu­lated that at one time there were at least 60 young lo­cal mu­si­cians play­ing in a slew of lo­cal bands. Among them Mike Heenan, Wil­lie Dee, the Rivettes, Paul Boosamara, Bob Bazinet, Eric Harps, Percy Smith, the Booth broth­ers, Den­nis Carr, Rol­lie Bis­son­nette, Gerry Pa­que­tte, Norm Grignon.

* Cook­ing out­side was called camp­ing. .. Pot was some­thing you cooked in and Coke was a cold drink. ... Fast food was gulp­ing down din­ner so you could rush back to the park where every­body was hang­ing out. ... The in­door pool at the Paragon Mo­tel ( now Mur­phy’s). ... When you were sick the doctor came to your house. ... Most par­ents never played golf, went South for a win­ter va­ca­tion or had a credit card, al­though many fam­i­lies had an ac­count at the neigh­bour­hood gro­cery store. ... Piz­zas were not de­liv­ered but milk and bread were. I was 14 years old be­fore I tasted my first pizza ( Zap­pia’s). Think it was called pizza pie. ... Our cow­boy heroes never ac­tu­ally shot and killed any­one. Mostly they just shot the gun out of the bad guy’s hand. ... Mayor Horovitz chil­dren’s pic­nic at Cen­tral Park. ... Cour­taulds and Howard Smith Pa­per Mill whis­tles that an­nounced the cur­few for kids un­der 16. Some par­ents had their own sum­mer rule: get home when the street lights come on.

* Stay- at- home moms who had sup­per ready when dad came home from work. Fam­i­lies ate to­gether and a kid had to ask per­mis­sion to leave the ta­ble. ... Mon­day was wash day ( us­ing a wringer washer) and Thurs­day was gro­cery shop­ping day. Pota­toes were bought in 50-pound bags. ... Just about ev­ery fam­ily had a back­yard garden. ... They didn’t have ex­tended war­ranties be­cause an ap­pli­ance was ex­pected to last at least 20 years.

Grow­ing up to­day sure isn’t what it used to be.

THIS WEEK IN 1965 - Vis­count Pub­lic School Grade 1 teacher Eve­lyn Barkley was see­ing ex­tra dou­ble with two sets of twins among her stu­dents. The twins were Mau­reen and Doreen Garvin and Lorna and Lois David. ... Corn­wall Plan­ning Board ap­proved a plan to development a sub­di­vi­sion and shop­ping cen­tre north of Cour­taulds Canada Ltd. ... Charles Adams was named city en­gi­neer. He suc­ceeded his fa­ther, Charles Sr. who had served as city en­gi­neer since 1952. ... Two men es­caped from a car which took out six guard rails be­fore plung­ing into Corn­wall Canal at the foot of Race and Glouces­ter streets. They swam to shore and fled but were ar­rested by city po­lice and charged with theft of the car. ... The 10th an­nual Howard Smith Pa­per Mill ban­quet for re­tired em­ploy­ees was held. The 97 pen­sion­ers in­cluded Don­ald Mc­tavish, Alex Tyrell and Charles Lag­den who started at the mill in 1913. ... The 85 teach­ers em­ployed by Corn­wall Pub­lic School Board had a new con­tract that gave level one teach­ers $3,400 a year, while top end level five teach­ers with 10 years experience would be paid $8,000 a year. ... Ra­dio sta­tion CFML was un­der new own­er­ship with stu­dios at 1308 Pitt St. On- air staffers were Therese Pitre, Serge Nadeau, Jac­ques Moreau, Madeleine Ger­main and Roland Chevrier. ... The Candy­lynns fea­tur­ing Wave Ownes were play­ing at the Lloyd Ge­orge Ho­tel Wharf Room. ... Three mem­bers of the Roy­als - cen­tre Jean Payette, de­fence­man Dave Wood­ward and goalie Harold Mur­phy - were at the Toronto Marl­boros train­ing camp. ... Moe Lemieux scored from third on a throw­ing er­ror to give Lemieux Paint Cen­tre a 10th- in­ning 5- 4 vic­tory over Howard Smith Pa­per Mill in the sev­enth game of the In­dus­trial League Soft­ball League cham­pi­onship se­ries. Lemieux fin­ished the game with three hits. Lutt Berg­eron and Eu­gene “Slug­ger” Berg­eron each had two ex­tra- base hits for HSPM. ... Cour­taulds swept the North End Fast­ball League cham­pi­onship se­ries with a 14-6 win over Glen­garry Trans­port Lim­ited. Ted Smith had the mound vic­tory. Kevin Mcmil­lan and Sandy O’neill each had two hits.

TRIVIA The old King Ge­orge Park club house was built in 1940. Af­ter the war it was moved to the park. What was its orig­i­nal use?

TRIVIA AN­SWER Corn­wall Jail closed in Novem­ber 2002. It had been open for 169 years. It has been re- in­vented as a tourist at­trac­tion.

FI­NAL THOUGHT For the first half of your life, people tell you what you should do; for the sec­ond half, they tell you what you should have done. - Richard Need­ham, colum­nist/au­thor

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